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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Lincoln County YMCA!

At the Y, we work hard to develop safe and exciting day camps that help children thrive. Camp Central is your one-stop information center providing all the camp details and information you need to be prepared and know what to expect. Our hope is to create a worry-free experience where parents feel secure about their children in our care. We hope day camp at the Y will be one of the best parts of your child’s summer!
 

CAMP INFORMATION 

 

Parent 
Handbook

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

What to Bring/Wear

Lunch Information

Camp Schedule

Medical Authorization Form​

Swim Assessment

Heat Advisory

Sunscreen Application

Camp Photos

Parent FAQ’s

Contact Us
     
     
   
PARENT HANDBOOK
This is your go-to guide for everything you and your camper need to know to be prepared and have an awesome camp experience! Read the Parent Handbook >>
 
 
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
Please help us keep camp on schedule by dropping off and picking up your child on time. Read our Drop-Off and Pick-Up Policy >>
  • Drop-off and pick-up location is located at bottom left corner of the parking lot
  • When you enter, use the second parking lot entrance closes to the playground and you will see camp staff by our mailbox ready to greet you
  • Parents please do not leave you vehicle we will open car doors to receive children
  • On rainy days drop-off and pick-up is located at the front of the Main building and staff will be outside with umbrellas to greet and direct parents
See map >>
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
Check the weather daily and dress your camper accordingly — the camp day will continue rain or shine! Be sure to label EVERYTHING you send to camp with your camper and check the camp’s lost and found at the end of the week before items are donated.
 
Daily needs:
  • Bathing suit and towel for full-day camps on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Lunch, if you choose not to take a lunch donated to our camp
  • Two snacks if full day, one snack if half day
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and a permission note if the child needs help applying sunscreen
Possible other items depending on child:
  • Daily medication with release form
  • Epi-pen if allergies with release form
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses

LUNCH INFORMATION
The City of Lincolnton will provide lunch for those who need it. Students that prefer to pack their lunch may do so.
  • A menu will be provided when Lincoln County YMCA receives it from the city’s Child Nutrition Program.
Packing lunch from home:
  • If you choose to pack a nutritious lunch for your camper, include a healthy drink
  • Camp does not have refrigeration for lunches
  • Please do not send milk or mayonnaise based products
  • A small, labeled cooler with ice packs or a frozen water bottle works best for packing lunches and drinks
  • Hydrating drinks are recommended instead of carbonated drinks
  • Do not send microwavable items
All campers need to bring snacks:
  • Each day there will be two snack periods: one will be in the morning and one in the afternoon
  • Please remember to pack a snack (one healthy drink, one snack item) for each snack time
  • Preschool campers will only need one snack and a lunch
  • Send all items in a labeled lunchbox or small cooler with ice packs 

CAMP SCHEDULE
Our program is designed to provide a variety of activities throughout each day. Each day is consistently programmed to ensure special care to all campers. While individual camp agendas vary, here’s generally what camp looks like:
 
7:00 AM – 8:45 AM: Drop-off car line(“Rides In”) and group games all combine
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Group huddles and devotions
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Morning snack and morning assembly
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Split into specific camps and begin activities based on which camp they are in
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Lunch
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Swim and game rotations
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Pick-up (“Rides Out”) begin, afternoon assembly, group games and activities

MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION FORM
Please administer all medications at home before arriving at camp. If your child needs to take medicine during the camp day, a “Medication Authorization Form” must be filled out and provided to the camp office staff. All medication (including over the counter items) must be dispensed by the camp office personnel. Please contact the camp director if your child has an allergy that requires special attention. These guidelines are for your child’s safety. Print and complete form >>
 

SWIM ASSESSMENT
Before swimming at camp, all campers are swim tested in the pool under the direct supervision of certified lifeguards and camp staff. Parents can help speed up our swim testing by having your child swim tested before camp begins. Swim tests can be given at any YMCA of Greater Charlotte branch. If you are planning to have your camper take the swim test prior to his or her session, it must be completed by close of business the Wednesday before the session begins. Certified Life Vests are available for any child not able to successfully pass our swim test. Learn more >>
 
 
The safety and comfort of our campers is always our top priority and we want you to be aware of the changes we will make to our camp schedule on extremely hot days. Read our policy >>
 
 
SUNSCREEN APPLICATION
Protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays is important. If you have specific questions about sunscreen application or if you have a child with a sunscreen allergy, please contact your branch camp director. 
  • Apply sunscreen to your child before arriving at camp — we can assist in reapplying as needed
  • Send your preferred sunscreen labeled with your child’s name on it
 
CAMP PHOTOS
Log on to our Y Camp Life portal to check out fun photos of your camper in action! Visit Y Camp Life >>
 
 
PARENT FAQS
Be sure to thoroughly read our Parent Handbook as it will likely answer most of your questions. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about summer day camp at the Y:

When I register, how can I receive more information regarding Summer Day Camp?
Parent orientation will be held in June. The camp director will focus on providing helpful tools to make your camp experience the best. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet our camp staff and ask any additional questions as needed.
 
What happens if I arrive after the 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM drop off time?
Parents must bring their child to the Sales & Service desk for check in and wait until one of our program staff arrive. Please allow 10-15 minutes for staff to meet you and keep you updated on all the fun activities that will take place each day.
 
What happens if I arrive after the 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM pick up time?
For early pick up, please stop by our Sales & Service desk for assistance. If your child is scheduled for an appointment or if the release is time sensitive, please let our team know in advance.
 
Will my child be outside for most of the day?
Each camper will have the opportunity to rotate between being indoors and out. Our staff will assure that your child has plenty of fluids, applies sunscreen, and program activities in areas that are shaded.
 
What type of enrichment /curriculum does summer day camp offer
The Lincoln County Family YMCA offers many additional activities throughout the week, including (but not limited to) physical activities, arts & crafts, STEAM projects, team building activities, summer reading loss prevention & so much more!
 
Will there be breakfast and lunch served each day?
A healthy breakfast and lunch will be provided through the City of Lincolnton. The items provided may not be to your child's liking; however campers are welcome to pack a lunch for the day.
 
Who are the staff?
The Lincoln County Family YMCA is committed first and foremost to the safety of your child. We place strong emphasis on safety standards by offering a remarkable counselor to camper ratio and requiring our counselors to complete 30 hours of training before the start of camp, including CPR, First Aid, and AED training. Staff will also be provided ongoing  training hours throughout the summer to enhance their growth to better serve and impact our youth participants. All YMCA staff go through background checks and drug screenings prior to hiring. 
 
What is the best way to receive information regarding my campers experience and weekly updates?
Communication will be sent out via email prior to the start of your enrolled camp session to let parent know what to bring and what to expect. Our staff and marketing team will also be working together to capture photos to connect parents to the fun happening at camp. Don’t miss out. Like us on our Facebook page and make sure that you have given our team your up to date email address. 

Want to learn more about child safety at the Y? Here is our commitment to ensuring the protection of every child. Learn more >>
 
 
CONTACT US
Lance Friday, Program Director
lance.friday@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 4505

Ryan Swengros, Senior Program Director
ryan.swengros@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 7309
 
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For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4500